BUSINESSES have helped to raise £15,000 towards building a new school in Africa.

Ashtons Estate Agents, Hethertons Solicitors, Yorvik Homes and Intandem Communications joined forces to raise money for Build Africa’s “build a school” programme in rural Kenya.

A black-tie charity dinner and sponsored walk of the Three Peaks of Yorkshire have already raised more than half the amount needed to fund the building of four new classrooms at a school at Kamunthiniin, which is attended by more than 300 children.

Rachel Goddard, managing director of Intandem Communications, said: “We’re thrilled with the support that we have had from the local business community and our friends and colleagues.”

She said they needed to raise a further £10,000 to complete the project. “We have raised a lot of awareness and hope people will continue to support us to complete the school.”